Merry Christmas, Western Oklahoma

By State Rep. Mike Sanders

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags! And he puzzled three hours, ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more.”

Christmas has a rich and diverse history, but at its heart is the sharing of bread, communion. That’s why there is a Christmas meal and a Christmas service. It is a day on which we celebrate Jesus Christ, who has shown us the way to live as families and as communities.

The Christmas tree, gift-giving, mistletoe, and all sorts of symbols and traditions are associated with the holiday. These are all parts of Christmas as well, but we should never lose sight of the real meaning. How The Grinch Stole Christmas does a great job of pointing it out.

So, this Christmas, I will focus on my family. My son, Davis, is almost 2 and is starting to figure out what the Christmas tree is and who Santa Claus is (although he was pretty scared the first time he met the big guy). Davis, my wife, Nellie, and I will spend time with our families.

I would be remiss if I forgot to thank our military men and women who fight for us in distant lands and who may miss out on coming home for the holidays. I would also like to thank our farmers and ranchers for the food they provide, members of law enforcement and firefighters for the protection they provide, and our teachers for the job they do in the classroom.

So, if you’re feeling like a Grinch this holiday, with all the presents to buy and a possibly overwhelming number of relatives to see, remember, without those relatives, you’re life would be far less rich. I wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year. As always, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at the Capitol at (405) 557-7407.

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